28 March 2024 | Online

Hallucinations, Algorithmic bias and Generative AI Temperature

Navigating untruth and truth in a world of (mis)information

This talk explored the complex issues surrounding untruth, truth, and perceptions of reality in an age of advanced technology and abundant information.

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This talk will explore the complex issues surrounding untruth, truth, and perceptions of reality in an age of advanced technology and abundant information. We will discuss the nature of hallucinations and how our minds can perceive things that are not really there. We will then look at how algorithms and artificial intelligence systems can reflect and even amplify the biases of their creators, potentially spreading misinformation at scale.

Finally, we will examine recent developments in generative AI, such as text generators, and how they may be used to produce realistic-looking but fictional content, blurring the line between fact and fiction. The goal of this talk is to raise awareness of these important topics and have a discussion around how we can promote truth and wisdom in a world where information is easy to generate but hard to verify.

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Slides: Beware of Botshit: How to Manage the Epistemic Risks of Generative Chatbots, in Business Horizons

Book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

Mark Esposito, Professor at Hult Int’l Business School and Faculty Affiliate, Harvard’s Center for International Development

About the Presenter

Mark Esposito is a professor of economics and public policy with appointments at Hult International Business School and Harvard University. At Harvard, he serves as social scientist with affiliations at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development; Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS) and the Davis Center for Eurasian Studies.

He has been affiliate faculty of the Microeconomics of Competitiveness at Harvard Business School, under the mentorship of Prof. Michael E. Porter and he served as Founding Fellow of the Circular Economy Research Center at the Judge Business School, at the University of Cambridge, where he retains a Senior Associate role.

He advises governments in the GCC and Eurasia regions and is a global expert of the World Economic Forum and holds adunct roles at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, and Georgetown University. He co-founded the Machine Learning research firm, Nexus FrontierTech and the EdTech venture: The Circular Economy Alliance.

He has a doctorate from Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech and he lives across Boston, Geneva and Dubai.